Hillbilly Thomists at the Dominican House of Studies
January 29, 2015
The Arlington Catholic Herald recently published an article about a group of student brothers from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC who play folk music as a way to build community and evangelize.
The hum of good-natured joking and laughter harmonized with the sound of instruments being tuned, creating a fitting prelude to a rehearsal filled with toe-tapping rhythm and contagious joy. It was the weekly gathering of the Hillbilly Thomists, a musical group at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington that fosters fraternity among its members and shares the Gospel message in an unconventional way.
The name of the group was inspired by the Southern Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor, a great lover of the Angelic Doctor who referred to herself as a ‘Hillbilly Thomist’ and read the Summa Theologica every night before bed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H1hzPMBuDk